April 18th, 2012 by Women In Professions
Young women in Guernsey are being offered the chance to apply for a bursary aimed at developing life skills.
Women in Professions, which provides networking and support for professional women in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, launched its bursary scheme in 2011, and is once again offering £1,000 to enable a local woman between the ages of 18 and 25 the opportunity to broaden their skills by working with a voluntary organisation.
“The Bailiwick is extremely lucky to have some outstanding women involved in every aspect of life in the islands. From managing directors in the finance industry to senior positions in the civil service, there is no doubt that women contribute an extraordinary amount,” said WIP president Elaine Gray.
“What is becoming increasingly clear, especially in economically difficult times, is that education is not enough and that life experience develops skills which are essential in leading organisations forward. The aim of the Women in Professions bursary is to provide a future female bright star with the opportunity to develop and broaden those all important life skills which are invaluable at all stages of a career.”
The £1,000 will used for the cost of travel and living expenses during the placement which must be a minimum of four weeks, in any country and working with any organisation providing they are a British registered charity.
“We didn’t want to be too proscriptive as we recognise that different young women will have wide-ranging interests and ambitions. We simply want to be able to offer them an opportunity that they may not ordinarily be able to take up. It’s our way of investing in the future,” said Advocate Elaine Gray.
Applicants need to complete an application form, which includes questions about why the charity has been chosen, what they hope to achieve, and why they think they should be chosen.
Applications will be considered by a panel comprising of Advocate Elaine Gray, Women in Professions’ immediate past president Fionnuala Carvill, and Magistrate Cherry McMillen who will shortlist three women for interview and then chose the successful applicant.
On her return, the successful applicant will be asked to share their experiences with Women in Professions members.
Last year’s winner Michelle Pearce spent five weeks working with Forever Angels, a UK registered charity, which runs a home in Tanzania for orphaned and abandoned children up to the age of five years old.
“The experience of going out there and being on my own in a foreign country has given me so much confidence and the skills I learned will be useful in my career and in life in general,” she said.
“I would definitely recommend other people volunteering to do something like this. The more you put in, the more you get out. It opens your mind, shows you a completely different perspective and makes you appreciate how other people live. You think you know it in theory but seeing it in person is totally different,” she said.
The closing date for applications is Friday 11 May 2012.